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Department of Anthropology College of Arts and Sciences
One Discipline, Four Fields

Requirements for Majors

Different times. Different places. Different cultures. Different faces. What difference does it make?

Become an anthropology major and explore humanity's cultural and biological diversity

Purpose

The anthropology major acquaints students with basic principles, methods, and findings in anthropological study. Students may acquire a general background in anthropology or develop particular interests in one of the subfields.

Requirements

(for students matriculating into IU from Summer 2009 to Spring 2013)

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours in anthropology, including:

  1. B200, E200, L200, and P200
  2. 15 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level.
  3. One advanced course (300–400 level) each in three of the four subfields with prefixes "B" for bioanthropology, "E" for social and cultural anthropology, "L" for anthropological linguistics, and "P" for archaeology. Students may substitute A410 for one of these courses.
  4. One course designated as having a methods component. These include A306, A405, A406, A410, B301, B405, E302, E423, E485, P301, P380, P385, P390, P401, P405, P406, P407, P425, P426, and other sections taught under variable title if approved by the advisor. (Methods courses may also count toward the upper-level subfield requirement.)
  5. Remaining credit hours are distributed across advanced courses (300-400) in any of the four subfields according to student interest. A student may count two additional courses at the 200 level. In other words students must take two more advanced courses in addition to the three advanced courses in three of the four subfields (bioanthropology, social and cultural anthropology, anthropological linguistics, and archaeology), 15 credits in total. The remaining two courses in the Anthropology major may be at the 200, 300, or 400 level.
  6. A105, A303, E105, and E303 do not count toward the major.

Students planning to major in anthropology should begin by taking 200-level courses for introduction to the four subfields. Students must also complete the degree requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

(for students matriculating into IU Summer 2013 or later)

Students must complete a minimum of 33 credit hours in anthropology, including:

  1. B200, E200, L200, and P200
  2. One advanced course (300–400 level) each in three of the four subfields with prefixes "B" for bioanthropology, "E" for social and cultural anthropology, "L" for anthropological linguistics, and "P" for archaeology. Students may substitute A410 for one of these courses.
  3. One course designated as having a methods component. These include A306, A405, A406, A410, B301, B405, E302, E423, E485, P301, P380, P385, P390, P401, P405, P406, P407, P425, P426, and other sections taught under variable title if approved by the advisor. (Methods courses may also count toward the upper-level subfield requirement.)
  4. Remaining credit hours are distributed across advanced courses (300-400) in any of the four subfields according to student interest. A student may count one additional course at the 200 level. A105, A107, A303, A310, E105, and E303 do not count toward the major.

Students planning to major in anthropology should begin by taking 200-level courses for introduction to the four subfields. Students must also complete the degree requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.


Recommendations

Each of the four subfields of anthropology has different expectations as to the course work that best complements the interests and skills of students in each subfield. Course work taken in other departments should be selected in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. The senior capstone seminar, A410, is recommended for majors.

Graduate work in anthropology often requires knowledge of one or more foreign languages, and students should plan their undergraduate programs accordingly.

Anthropology will open your eyes - and your mind - to the world! To apply for the major, please see the Declare Major or Minor page.